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4. Window treatments

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Hanging curtains on bare windows is a quick way to dress up a space as well as add softness and warmth. For an easy, affordable solution, D.C. designer Michael Hampton suggests buying simple linen curtain panels from stores such as Pier 1 Imports, Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware. Customize the panels by attaching a tape trim or fringe on the inside edge (also known as the "leading edge") of each panel. Look for trim locally at G Street Fabrics (http://www.gstreetfabrics.com) or Calico Corners (http://www.calicocorners.com), or try one of Hampton's favorite Web sites, M&J Trimming (http://www.mjtrim.com). A trim can be sewn on or applied using a hot-glue gun.

If you don't have the budget or energy for curtains, drape garland around your windows to frame them, suggests Rockville designer Sandra Meyers. Later in the season, hang ornaments from the center of the window at varying heights.

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